Despite most vendors misusing the term "software-defined storage", the separation of software and hardware does indeed deliver significant advantages to the end user, including faster deployment, massive scalability, and reduced costs.
These days, enterprises are moving massive numbers of applications to the cloud in a process called "lift and shift." That means transporting the code and the data, recompiling it, doing a bit of testing, and moving on.
"Big data" is no longer confined to the realm of technology. Our newest research finds that organizations are using big data to target customer-centric outcomes, tap into internal data and build a better information ecosystem.